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EFO iPazzPort multitouch review

EFO iPazzPort backlightSo far we’ve reviewed each EFO iPazzPort model revision and enjoyed seeing this cute mini-controller develop into an excellent product. One of our wishes of previous models was for EFO to add multitouch capability to the iPazzPort. Well EFO has been listening because lo and behold the latest iPazzPort is multitouch aware.

EFO iPazzPort multitouchMuch of this fourth generation model is identical to the third gen, so have a look at our review of that iPazzPort for a more detailed look at this wireless controller. Cosmetically they both look the same, with identical key layouts and black or white color choices. The key feel is the same, with rubber keys giving a decent typing experience if not quite at the BlackBerry level of feedback.

One interesting change is that the fourth gen iPazzPort stays awake constantly, whereas the third gen model would go to sleep after a short time to save battery. There are pros and cons to each approach. The third gen model can definitely go longer between charges if you’re only using it occasionally, but it needs a wake-up key press when used after a few minutes. Perhaps owners were complaining that the trackpad wasn’t responding, when they needed to press a key to wake the controller. Whatever the situation, the fourth gen is constantly available which is nice, but needs more frequent juice-ups as a result.

So how is the multitouch on the new iPazzport? Well it just worked straight out of the box with Windows 7. Two finger web page scrolling with the iPazzPort was great, although Windows does not provide quite as fluid an experience as Mac OSX – but that’s an issue with Windows rather than the iPazzPort.

The addition of multitouch makes the new iPazzPort an even more usable wireless controller for a living room HTPC. Plus with third gen’s other features like the laser pointer and access to incidental and function keys remaining intact on the new model, EFO has a strong device on offer here.

Neil Berman

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Nov 29, 2010 Posted by | Hardware, Reviews | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Brando HTPC Wireless Keyboards Review

Brando 800M-BRF 2392RF

Brando wireless keyboards 800M-BRF (top) and 2392M-BRF (bottom)

Brando makes a lot of keyboards, mice and all manner of computer accessories. Within that arsenal of gadgets are a selection of wireless keyboards, some of which also have a trackball or trackpad. This makes them good candidates for the Home Theater PC (HTPC) market or other use-cases where portability is important, as with the EFO iPazzPort which we recently reviewed. So here we have are a couple of Brando’s wireless controllers under review, let’s see if they’re any good …continue reading

Apr 25, 2010 Posted by | Computing, Hardware, Home Theater, Photo & Video, Reviews | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

EFO iPazzPort Review

EFO iPazzPortLiving room computers seem like a great idea until we start thinking about the bulky keyboard and lonely mouse sitting on the coffee table. Windows Media Center and Mac Front Row present a partial controller solution by way of a remote control, but that only goes so far. What happens when you want to fire up a web page or write an email?

EFO iPazzPort: What is it?

We reviewed the EFO iPassport last year, which was the predecessor to the newer and subtly renamed iPazzPort. We liked the overall concept of the iPassport, especially for the HTPC market, although we did have some reservations around the look and feel of the device as well as some hopes for version 2.0.

As a refresher in case you haven’t read or are too darn lazy to read our iPassport review, the device was a backlit and wireless …continue reading

Apr 19, 2010 Posted by | Computing, Hardware, Reviews | , , , | 2 Comments

   

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